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Library of Congress subject headings in philosophy : a thesaurus
Berman, Barbara L.
Publication Information:
Charlottesville, Va. : Philosophy Documentation Center, [2001]

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249 pages ; 29 cm
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Z695.1.P465 L43 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ

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Designed for both catalogers and library users, this thesaurus presents terms already in use as Library of Congress subject headings. The introduction gives the history of the Library of Congress subject heading system as well as instructions for using the book. The volume will aid the user in successfully performing searches by using fruitful terminology. It will aid the cataloger in assigning subjects to works in a consistent fashion, continuing the crucial process that provides the library with its orderliness. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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This slim volume pulls together most of the Library of Congress subject headings relevant to philosophy. It is arranged like a traditional thesaurus, with broader, narrower, and related terms, adding something not found in most such works, notes. These indicate the fields of philosophy (e.g., metaphysics, cosmology) into which a subject heading falls. An appendix of religious, ethnic, and national philosophies follows the main table. Except for the use of Plato as an example, little attention is given to individual philosophers. The editor's introduction acknowledges that these subject headings originated in the local files of the Library of Congress, and in a thesaurus arrangement show inconsistencies arising from practices that evolved over many decades. Although various aspects of feminist philosophy are included, the concept of gender is absent. Some indications of how to locate such terms would have been helpful. Overall, a useful tool, adding to the ability to interpret headings closely related to philosophy and some aspects of religion, but it will be most useful as a desk copy for librarians interpreting the subject. Library readers are unlikely to use it. T. M. Izbicki Johns Hopkins University